Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
Teaching water aerobics can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Because water aerobics is a low-impact class that is very easy on the joints, it is not uncommon to see the elderly, obese or pregnant students in a class. Get to know the members of your class and learn their limitations. Members are there for a workout, but they can also have an enjoyable time exercising in water.
Teach a beginners’ class by always keeping one foot on the ground and movements slow and simple. If you choose to move across the pool, do so at a walking pace. Pick a series of eight to 10 exercises, and spend about 30 seconds on each. Repeat the entire series throughout the duration of the class.
Pick up the intensity for an intermediate class by introducing jogging, hopping, side shuffling or anything that requires participants to lift both feet being off the ground at the same time. Speed up arm and leg movements to add resistance to the muscles. You can also introduce water weights, noodles or water shoes for difficulty. Always show the basic version of each exercise.
Keep students in constant motion throughout the duration of the class. Perform exercises while running, hopping or gliding across the pool, and have participants use hand fins or water weights for resistance. Depending on the skill level and ability of students, try introducing swimming exercises into your routine.
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